New store samples: Sweet Peasy & Fiona’s Top

Spring has sprung and we’ve been working on new store samples!

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Sweet Peasy by Heidi Kirrmaier is a child-sized version of the original Peasy pattern – a simple cardigan with just enough lace to make it pretty and interesting. Like it’s grown-up counterpart, Sweet Peasy is knit from the top-down making it very easy to customize in terms of sleeve and body length.  We knit our version with one of Rowan’s newest yarns – Softyak DK, an ultrasoft transeasonal blend of cotton and yak. Bonus: It’s machine washable!

Shop Softyak DK in our online store.

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Fionas Top by Sanne Bjerregaard is a versatile top/tunic/dress which would be a lovely addition to any little girl’s wardrobe – just work it from the top down to desired length.  We’ve knit this little top before in a combination of Koigu KPPPM and SweetGeorgia Yarns Cashluxe Fine but we thought a cotton version in springtime hues would be a bright addition to our collection of store samples. We used Sandnesgarn Mandarin Petit (100% Egyptian cotton), a soft, easy-to-knit, high quality yarn, perfect for baby, child, and adult warm-weather garments.

Shop Mandarin Petit in our online store.

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Self-Important Socks

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(Photos: Deborah Kemball)

These gorgeous socks were just published to Ravelry this week and are designed by one of our very own customers! Self-Important Socks by the lovely Deborah Kemball are knit with ARTFIL Belle and feature a two-colour rib, a simple fair isle motif, and the use of high-contrast hues to create socks that beg to be noticed! The pattern provides instructions for Ladies Medium but notes are given for Small and Large.

ARTFIL Belle is the perfect sock blend of 80% superwash merino wool and 20% nylon. Each skein is hand-painted using 80% less water than any other dyeing method.
 Machine washable and versatile, Belle is suitable for all fingering weight projects. ARTFIL yarns are spun and dyed in Quebec, Canada.

Shop ARTFIL Belle in our online store.

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–  Melissa

Knitscene Summer 2016 – now in!

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Click here to preview projects.

Knitscene Summer 2016 travels the depths of the rainforest and the oceans blue to bring you 19 incredible knitting patterns. Featured designer Heather Zoppetti explores feminine ruffles in unique ways; we get tropical with six designs in bright colors; and we give a knitterly spin to the longtime partnership of indigo and cotton fibers. Sarah Solomon explains decrease stitches in depth, while Corrina Ferguson chats with Heather Zoppetti about her design collection.

New in store: Montoya Beach from Punta Yarns

We have a beautiful new yarn in stock for spring and summer! Montoya Beach from Punta Yarns is 100% linen and offers the luxury of a natural fibre with excellent yardage. Knitted up, this yarn produces stunning garments and accessories with beautiful drape – perfect for wearing in warmer weather.

Length: 280m per 100g
Needle Size: 3.5 – 4mm
Gauge: 19 – 20 sts

Shop Montoya Beach in our online store.

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A few projects for inspiration below…!


A Hint of Summer by Isabell Kraemer

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(Photo: looneylisa)


Dangling Conversation by Mindy Ross

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(Photo: beehivewoolshop)


Ilene Bag by Hannah Ingalls

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(Photo: cleverknits)

–  Melissa

Leizu DK – photos just added to website

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I excitedly blogged the arrival of Leizu DK a few weeks ago so this is just a quick note to let you know that the images have come in from our photographer and you can now browse this gorgeous yarn in all it’s glory on our website.  Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK is lush blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk – supple and luminous with beautiful drape and excellent stitch definition. A workhorse yarn with a touch of luxury perfect for any of your garment or accessory projects requiring a gauge of 20 – 24 stitches.

Shop Leizu DK in our online store.

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–  Melissa

Cocoknits stitch markers re-stocked (again)!

I know I blog about these a lot but they are very hot commodities around here and, no matter how many we order, we find ourselves running short on a surprisingly regular basis. So, just a note to let you know that these awesome stitch markers are back in store again in healthy quantities:-)

COLOURED OPENING STITCH MARKERS

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These colorful opening stitch markers help you mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Easily add or move the markers by putting them on your needle, crochet hook, or directly on stitches. These steel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 11 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 muted colors.


COLOURED STITCH MARKERS

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These ring stitch markers are brightly colored and easily seen when marking rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Made of nylon coated steel, these markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Stitch markers accommodate up to US 13 needle. Included are 10 each of 6 colors.


ASSORTED NICKEL STITCH MARKERS

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Losing your stitch markers? These assorted nickel markers attach to your Knitter’s Keep or any magnet so that you can easily store and retrieve them. Use them to mark rounds, increases, decreases, and stitch patterns. Included are 20 each of three sizes.

  • 20 large round stitch markers (accommodate US 15 / 10 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 small round stitch markers (accommodate US 9 / 5.5 mm needles or smaller)
  • 20 opening stitch markers (accommodate US 11 / 8 mm needles or smaller)

Shop Cocoknits knitting tools in our online store.

–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday x 2: For the babies!

Hosenmatz by Mayumi Kaliciak And Antje Litzmann

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(Photos: Mayumi Kaliciak)

Hosenmatz by Mayumi Kaliciak and Antje Litzmann is a sweet pattern for relaxed baby pants in fingering weight yarn. The ribbing and structure  through the derriere offer a lot of room to move and the designer notes that these will easily accommodate cloth as well as regular diapers. Knitted in the round from the top down the legs are ended with long cuffs that can be folded at first and then left open as baby grows to increase the lifespan of the garment. Clever:-).

When you click on the link to access this pattern from Ravelry you will be taken to the designer’s blog which is in German. Simply scroll down the page and click on “Anleitung „Hosenmatz“ auf Englisch” in order to access the English version of the pattern.


Sweet Pea Baby Blanket by Suzanne Middlebrooks

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(Photo: Hill Country Weavers)

The Sweet Pea Baby Blanket by Suzanne Middlebrooks features a simple, easy-to-memorize four-row repeat that works up into a fresh yet classic addition to any baby’s nursery.  Knit in Blue Sky Alpaca’s Worsted Cotton (4 skeins) or Worsted Cotton Multi (6 skeins) this little gem is a soft and snuggly “hug for your sweet pea”. Finished dimensions 30″ wide x 40″ long

Shop Worsted Cotton or Worsted Cotton Multi in our online store!

–  Melissa

Skinny Singles from Hedgehog Fibres!

Our first shipment of Skinny Singles from Hedgehog Fibres arrived a couple of weeks ago but we held off blogging until we could have it all photographed. Happily, we received the images from our photographer today and they have now been added to our website.  We’re loving this spectacularly vibrant and unique hand-dyed single-ply 100% merino yarn from Beata Jezek. It’s squishy and soft, with just the right amount of twist.  The colours shift beautifully from one to another and it is carefully dyed to prevent striping or pooling as much as possible. Skinny Singles create a variegated effect that looks great in plain stockinette or advanced stitch motifs.  A brilliant choice for shawls and accessories.

Shop Skinny Singles now in our online store!

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If you follow Stephen West’s Mystery Knit-Alongs, you’ll know that this was the yarn called for in The Doodler Shawl pattern. A few photos for inspiration below:-)

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(Project photo:  Stephen West)

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–  Melissa

Join us for a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stephen West Shawl Knit-Along!

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Stephen West is a modern and innovative designer known for pushing the envelope when it comes to colour, texture, and construction. He is best known for his stunning shawl patterns and we at Espace Tricot have long been under his spell.

Stephen is also known for creating Mystery Knit Along projects that are always fun and creatively inspiring.  Over the course of these knit alongs, new clues are sent out to participants on a weekly basis, providing the directions needed to complete the next part of the project.  While diving into a project without knowing what the final outcome will look like is delightful for some, many prefer to wait until the full project is revealed before committing their time and precious yarn.

If you are one of these people, we invite you to join us as we host a “choose your own adventure” Stephen West Knit-Along in-store! Knit-alongs provide camaraderie and great incentive to keep you on track with your progress. Select any Stephen West shawl pattern you would like to knit and join us for a 4 week knit-along beginning April 12th.

On the first night we will share all of the Stephen West patterns we’ve knit and invite participants to do the same.  This will help those who haven’t decided on a pattern to select one and provide added inspiration to those who’ve decided on a shawl but haven’t seen it in person. To save time, participants are also welcome to visit the store in advance to finalize their project selection and yarn choices so they’re ready to hit the ground running on the first night. Once projects are chosen, our consultants will provide help in selecting yarn and getting everyone started.  We will continue working on the projects throughout the month with consultants providing ongoing assistance with all of the techniques required for each project on a weekly basis. Participants are also invited to join our knitting clinics on Friday afternoons for additional help and trouble-shooting if desired.

Browse Stephen West shawl patterns on Ravelry.

Win a prize!

All participants who show us their completed shawl (either in person or via a photo e-mailed to the store) by May 17th (6-weeks from the knit-along start date) will have their name entered into a draw for a spectacular prize – 3 skeins of Hedgehog Fibres Skinny Singles yarn for your next project, hand-picked by the winner!

Dates: Tuesdays – April 12th, 19th, 26th and May 3
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Cost: $120.00

Call 514-486-5648 to register!

New in store: Needle Nooks and Garment Labels

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Lisa and I were introduced to these at Vogue Knitting Live in January and were instantly smitten by both their form and function. These lovely little cherry wood Needle Nooks provide safe haven for your double pointed needles when you’re working on socks, hats, sweater sleeves, etc.  In between knitting sessions, simply line up the needles, tuck them into the nook, and slide the magnetized ‘door’ into place – no more lost or broken DPNs!

Available in 6″ and 8″ lengths.

Shop Needle Nooks in our online store.

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GARMENT LABELS

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We’re always on the lookout for perfect little sew-in labels for our knitted garments and blankets but finding them printed in both English and French has always been a challenge. We decided to take matters into our own hands and had these eight versions printed (4 English, 4 French). Problem solved!

Shop Espace Tricot Garment Labels in our online store!

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– Melissa

Re-stocked: Butterfly Super 10 Cotton

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Butterfly Super 10 Cotton is a beautiful 100% mercerized cotton imported from Greece that comes in a wide range of stunning colourfast shades. A proven, high performing cotton with a gorgeous sheen, it wears well even after many machine washes and won’t shrink or pill. We highly recommend this yarn for spring and summer projects, for household items like potholders and washcloths, and as a substitute for anyone allergic to wool. Super 10 is adaptable to most DK or Worsted weight patterns.

Shop Butterfly Super 10 Cotton in our online store!


A few project ideas below…

Groovy by Jumpercables Knitting

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Medano Beach by Heidi Kirrmaier

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(Photo: rililie)

Toasty Plus Pot Holder by Hannah Maier

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Thistle by Julie Partie

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Zigzag Potholder by AimeeJessica

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(Photo: AimeeJessica)

–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Fiber Fantasy Long Flexible Blockers

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Lace needs to be blocked in order to really showcase the beautiful stitch repeats and open work…. Our favourite tool for this task is the Fiber Fantasy Long Flexible Blocker Kit! These 60″ long, flexible stainless steel wires thread easily through the edge stitches of your shawl (or just the points if you’re knitting a decorative pointed edge), and use just a few pins to pin them to your blocking surface in the shape you need. If your garment is circular you can easily shape the wires and pin them down to the correct circumference. If you’re blocking a triangular piece you can pin them along a straight edge, but you’ll only have to use one wire to cover a whole side instead of using multiple straight wires end to end.

Each kit contains 3-60″ long stainless steel wires, 30 T-pins, and instructions.

Purchase the Long Flexible Blocker Kit in our online store!

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–  Melissa

Re-stocked: Scrumptious Purl Stripe Me Up Sock Yarn!

Happy day!  The following colourways of Scrumptious Purl Stripe Me Up sock yarn have just been delivered.

Get yours here!

Download our FREE Scrumptious Stripes Socks pattern.


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Pretty Young Thing (PYT)

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Baby Beluga

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Berrylicious

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Campfire by the Trail

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Centerfield

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Coffee Run

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Espace Tricot

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It’s My Party

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O’Naturel

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Tiny Dancer

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–  Melissa

Just added to our online store…

KNITTER’S PRIDE MARBLZ INTERCHANGEABLE DELUXE SET

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Acrylic is skillfully hand-mixed to produce unique colors and patterns making each needle tip in the KNITTER’S PRIDE MARBLZ INTERCHANGEABLE DELUXE SET a work of art. Marblz are lightweight and smooth yet exceptionally strong and durable. The needles boast pointy tips, smooth joins, and a comfortable surface that provides just the right amount of ‘grab’ to allow for easy handling of slippery yarns.

Presented in an attractive black and white faux leather case with transparent vinyl which shows off the beauty of these needles, the set includes 9 pairs of Marblz interchangeable needles in sizes US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), US 6 (4.0mm), US 7 (4.5mm), US 8 (5.0mm), US 9 (5.5mm), US 10 (6.0mm), US 10.5 (6.5mm), US 11 (8.0mm).

Set also includes 4 Cords (to make 24″, 40″ & 2 of 32″), 8 end caps, 4 cord keys, and 1 set of cord connectors.

Re-stocked: Drops Cloud

A runaway favourite store sample among customers this winter has been the Seafaring Scarf by Purl Soho knit with Drops Cloud – a soft and squishy “blow yarn” made from baby alpaca and cozy merino wool. Instead of being spun, the fibres of alpaca and merino in this yarn are air blown into a tube making garments and accessories knit with it about 30-35% lighter than those of comparable thickness. A perfect choice for this plush, oversized scarf.

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Click here to view additional photos and project details on Ravelry.

Pattern is available for free from Purl Soho and requires 6 balls of Drops Cloud to complete.

Shop Drops Cloud now in our online store.

We’ve only restocked black, off-white, and the two greys at this point as these are far and away the most popular choices for the scarf. The photos below are from the distributor and, unfortunately, are not perfect representations of the colours but, you get the idea. The sample above is shown in Pearl Grey.

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–  Melissa

Just re-stocked: Quince & Co. Yarns

This week brought new inventory of all Quince & Co. yarns carried in store! From cold-weather favourites like Osprey, Lark, and Owl to warm weather linens, Sparrow and Kestrel, we’re all stocked up.


CHICKADEE

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“Three-ply Chickadee is a well-rounded, bouncy, and elastic sport weight. Although smooth, tidy, and refined in the skein, it makes a fabric with even stitches, drape, softness, and a hint of halo to smooth things out. Use this yarn when you want etched textures, clean-cut cables, and crisp colorwork patterns. Try it in breezy cardigans when you want fluid drape or in cozy accessories that are comfortable next to your skin. Chickadee knits up on size US 3 to 7 needles [3.25 to 4.5mm], depending on what you’re looking for. It’s the perfect all around, sport weight yarn.”

100% American Wool
181 yds [166 m] / 50g
6.5 sts /inch on size US 3 needles
6 sts / inch on size US 5 needles

Shop Chickadee and Chickadee Heathers in our online store.


TERN

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“In little Tern, we’ve blended wool and silk for a smooth, defined fingering yarn. We love how the silk fibers lend drape and a slight sheen to knitted fabric. And we especially appreciate the faded colorways which result from the different ways that silk and wool absorb dye.  Use Tern in socks; its silk component has great tensile strength and the wool therein contributes elasticity and warmth. Use the yarn in open, swingy cardigans; you won’t believe the drape. Use it for mitts and hats and anything you want next to the skin. Tern is great year round; it’s warm and pretty in winter, but light and flowing worked into a summer card.”

75% American Wool, 25% Silk
221 yd [202 m] / 50g
9 sts /inch on size US 1 needles
7 sts / inch on size US 3 needles

Shop Tern in our online store.


LARK

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“Lark is the perfect, classic worsted weight yarn. Its four plump plies are twisted just enough to ensure durability, without any loss of loft and drape. The yarn is round, soft, and well-balanced for smooth, even stitches. Lark’s traditional plied structure shows off texture stitches and cables brilliantly. And it’s great for well-defined colorwork patterns, too. Its subtle halo invites caresses. Beware. Lark is versatile: Knit it on size US 6 [4mm] needles for a windproof mitten and on size US 8’s [5mm], or even 9’s [5.5mm], for a drapey, open cardigan.”

100% American Wool
134 yds [123 m] / 50g
5 sts /inch on size US 6 needles
4.5 sts / inch on size US 8 needles

Shop Lark and Lark Heathers in our online store.


OSPREY

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“Osprey is an Aran weight yarn made from three plies of superfine American merino. The plies are gently twisted together for a cushy yarn with good bounce. Osprey reigns in stockinette and garter; its relaxed plies round and fill out the stitches. And it’s beautiful in texture and color patterns, making them bold and eye-catching. Osprey knits up handily on size US 10 and 10 ½ [6 and 6.5mm] needles into garments wooly and soft. It’s perfect in pullovers and cozy cardigans, hats and mitts and anything you’d like to wear close to the skin.”

100% Wool
170 yds [155 m] / 100g
4 sts /inch on size US 9 needles
3.5 sts / inch on size US 11 needles

Shop Osprey and Osprey Heathers in our online store.


Owl

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“Owl is a pliant two-ply, woolen spun light worsted weight yarn – a blend of American wool and alpaca.  Why woolen spun? Because alpaca is a hollow fiber and the best way to preserve its loft and buoyancy is to keep a lot of air in its structure. Squishy and plump, Owl knits up between 4 ½ to 5 stitches per inch, the perfect weight for just about everything. Because it blooms after washing, you can work Owl on US 8 and 9 needles [5 and 5.5mm]. The round plies bloom to fill in your stitches and create a relaxed and drapey fabric with lots of pretty halo.”

50% Wool, 50% Alpaca
120 yds [110 m] / 50g
5 sts / inch on size US 6 [4 mm] needles
4.5 sts / inch on size US 7 [4.5 mm] needles

Shop Owl in our online store.


Sparrow

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“Sparrow is a plain little yarn, beautiful in its simplicity. Its clean, smooth hand is crisp as you knit it. But after washing and wearing it becomes handkerchief-soft and drapey. It’s spun in Italy from organic linen grown in Belgium. Knit Sparrow on a variety of needle sizes— from size US 2 to size 6 [2.75 to 4mm] —depending on the drape and feel you want in your project. The yarn is a natural in lace patterns, carving out the yarn overs, but it’s fluid, too, in simple stockinette. It’s great in tanks, shawls, and breezy cardigans, and lovely as can be in bags, wash cloths, and other home accessories.”

100% Organic Linen
168 yds [155 m] / 50g
6 sts /inch on size US 3 [3.25 mm] needles

Shop Sparrow in our online store.


Kestrel

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“Kestrel is spun from the same superlative organic linen fiber as Sparrow, but its structure and appearance couldn’t be more different. Kestrel is a ribbon yarn, a small knitted tube. It knits up super quick on US 10 [6mm] needles. We love it in plain stockinette stitch and simple silhouettes—the better to show off its texture and drape. When you want quick summer knitting in the lovely linen, use Kestrel.”

100% Organic Linen
76 yds [70 m] / 50g
4 sts / inch on size US 8 [5 mm] needles
3.5 sts / inch on size US 10.5 [6.5 mm] needles

Shop Kestrel in our online store.

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Champagne Cowl

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(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)

The Champagne Cowl by Chandi Agee is as beautiful and elegant as it is functional. The reversible texture pattern is easy to memorize and the larger needle size (5.5 mm) with DK weight yarn creates a lovely, comfortable drape. It can be worn multiple ways making it a versatile addition to your wardrobe and a great transition piece as the weather moves from frigid to spring-like.  Knit with solid or semi-solid yarn,  this cowl will add sophistication to your outfit but if you’re looking for something with a little more funk, why not try a variegated?

Easy and gorgeous.

This pattern is available as a free download from the designer’s website, Expression Fiber Arts.

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(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)

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(Photo: Expression Fiber Arts)

– Melissa

New in store: Leizu DK from Julie Asselin!

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A lush blend of 90% superwash merino and 10% silk, Julie Asselin’s Leizu DK is supple and luminous with beautiful drape and excellent stitch definition. Now available at Espace Tricot in 35 stunning colourways!  Also available for ordering in our online store however we are still waiting on images from our photographer. In the meantime, please visit Julie Asselin’s website for colour reference.

Shop Leizu DK in our online store.

Project inspiration below…


Campside by Alicia Plummer

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(Photo: Alicia Plummer)


Laurie by Josée Paquin

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(Photo: UandIKnit)


Burke by Alicia Plummer

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(Photo: Alicia Plummer)


Back Home by Melissa Schaschwary

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(Photo: dandiliongirl)


Tambourine by Julia Farwell-Clay

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(Photo: danabarath)

–  Melissa

On the needles: Unicorn Stripes

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I know, I know – Stripes. In-the-round. Again. There’s just something so soothing to me about this combination.  Antonia Shankland’s Unicorn Stripes pattern has been on my project list since it was first released in September 2014. On the heels of finishing the Whirligig scarf, I was still in the mood for something purely meditative to balance the more challenging projects on (all) my other needles.  With all 30 Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails carefully stashed for almost a year, the time has come. I cast on last night and I can whole-heartedly confirm that this is a dream if you’re looking for a good project for TV and social knitting:-)

If you’d like to see the scarf in person, come on in to the store – one of our consultants has just finished knitting our store sample. It’s even more beautiful in person!

Purchase Unicorn Tails in our online store!

Note: Since publishing the original, Madelinetosh has replaced three of the colours called for in the pattern – Coquette has been replaced with Coquette-Deux, Purple Basil is replaced with Duchess, and Button Jar Blue is replaced with Glass Bottom Boat.

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(Photo: Madelinetosh)

–  Melissa

New Free Espace Tricot Pattern / Store Sample: Whirligig

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Whirligig is a light-hearted and whimsical scarf knit with alternating colours of Noro Taiyo yarn. Knit in the round as a long tube, “resting” yarns are carried up along the inside of the scarf so there are, miraculously, just a few ends to sew in at the end of all those stripes. The profusion of colour will soothe your eyes and brighten your mood on bleak winter days and the double-thickness fabric will keep you warm and toasty.

Please note, this is not an original pattern – various versions of tubular scarves abound on Ravelry. This is simply a summary of what we did to achieve this particular effect.

View additional photos and project details on Ravelry.

Purchase yarn here!

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–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday x2! Siksak Hat + Mohawk Wool Sweatshirt

I missed posting a free pattern last Friday while I was on holiday so today you get two:-)


Siksak Hat

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I’ve committed to doing more colourwork this year and the lovely Siksak pattern by Hanna Leväniemi caught my eye on Ravelry this morning. The clean design satisfies my preference for minimalism while the doubled brim and slouchy style keep it casual and cozy. Designed to fit a medium to large adult head – hat circumference measures 50 cm (20 in).

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(Photos: Hanna Leväniemi)


Mohawl Wool Sweatshirt

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I love the modern shape and simple but effective details of the Mohawk Wool Sweatshirt pattern from Classic Elite Yarns!  The oversized, boxy silhouette is taken up a notch with unique ribbing, a side slit, and a faux-button detail down the back. As the designer notes, dressed up or down, this little gem can be worn with anything!

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(Photos: Classic Elite Yarns)

–  Melissa